With so few players signed, the Ravens don't have a lot of money left to improve their defense.
They've yet to sign a defensive player now that Brock Marion has flunked his physical, and they failed to land three defensive players they were interested in -- Broderick Thomas, Raylee Johnson and Ray Seals.
By going after Marion and his bad shoulder, they also let George Teague be lured to Miami by coach Jimmy Johnson.
This isn't exactly shaping up as a vintage off-season for the Ravens.
The long goodbye
Ravens owner Art Modell still has fond memories of Cleveland, even though he is reviled there for moving the Browns.
In an interview with the Akron Beacon-Journal that was published last Sunday, he said, "The greatest people in the world are Clevelanders. They gave me 35 years of friendship and love. I think I returned part of it to them by producing a pretty good product for many years."
He also called the Cleveland fans "the greatest fans in the world" and he asked the reporter, "Make me look good, OK?"
Pub Date: 3/23/97